Wanda Film Online held a 2019 annual performance briefing on May 9 where it was announced that the company plans to open as many as seventy new theatres by the end of 2020, according to a report in The Guardian.
The trade group Cinema Technology Community is starting an online educational cinema technology seminar series – CTC Tech Talks. The new pre-recorded series, launching today with new episodes fortnightly will focus on all areas of cinema technology and is designed to provide educational resources for CTCs members and the cinema industry.
New research from cinema advertising company National CineMedia shows that a vast majority of regular moviegoers – 95 percent – miss seeing movies in theatres.
Graham Spurling is director of Movies@Cinemas in Ireland and managing director of Spurling Group Cinemas. He was also a founding board member of the Event Cinema Association. His company currently operates four theatres across country with a total of 34 screens. He has been involved in exhibition since shortly after graduating from Welsley College.
Golden Age Cinemas’ drive-in theatre in McHenry, Illinois will reopen for business May 8 and May 9. The first features planned are the animated film The Flintstones, followed by the action-adventure picture Jurassic Park. But, in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, the theatre will be operating under guidelines from the state’s Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity.
Alamo Drafthouse Cinemas announced today that Shelli Taylor will assume the role of chief executive officer, effective May 1. Taylor spent almost twenty years as an executive with Starbucks, and most recently served as president of United Planet Fitness Partners, overseeing over 169 facilities across the country.
ShowBiz Cinemas plans to reopen its locations in the states of Texas and Oklahoma on May 18. In a statement on its social media channels the exhibitor wrote, “The safety of our guests and team members is the top priority, and we pledge to deliver our signature first class entertainment experience while providing peace of mind for each member of the communities we serve.”
Movie Tavern by Marcus is a premium theatre concept offering restaurant-style dining and in-seat service for moviegoers. At its new location in the Brookfield Square shopping center in suburban Milwaukee, guests can enjoy dinner and a movie in the premium SuperScreen DLX theatre. It is the first full theatre complex in the U.S. to exclusively feature JBL Sculpted Surround and Dolby Atmos.
The International Union of Cinemas (UNIC), the body representing European cinema trade associations and operators, today issued a statement condemning Universal Studios' reported decision to stream movies the same day they are released to theatres. Here is the UNIC statement:
The launch of curbside concessions pickup, powered by Vista Cinema mobile apps, allows cinemas the opportunity to generate revenue and keep a connection with their moviegoers while theatres are closed due to COVID-19. With the Vista app, moviegoers are able to place orders easily from home, drive to their local theatre and pick up their order, all with no contact. The workflow and technology emphasize speed and safety.